Heavy duty bear boxes are generally the preferred method of choice, particularly when you have a group of hearty and able mules and horses to carry them and your food into camp. With no trails in the Cranberry graded for pack animals, we turned to the tireless Forest Service and their strong and able backs for assistance. Short on bear boxes, we improvised.
Enter the PCT method, which requires only 50-60' of rope, a carabiner, 1-2 stuff sacks, and a sturdy 6" long stick. (And a tree of course). Unlike the usual method of simply throwing a rope over a limb and tying one end to a nearby tree (and hoping that a bear doesn't pull the taut line - and the food bag - down to the ground), the PCT technique allows the rope to hang freely, tension-free from the limb, eliminating the risk that a critter will wreak havoc in your backcountry kitchen and spoil your next meal.
Here's a great step-by-step tutorial on how to use the PCT method, which came in quite handy during our stay in the Cranberry. It will take some practice to get the hang of the clove hitch, but once you do you'll appreciate the simplicity and utility of this approach. We certainly did and we'll be using it again when we head to the Monongahela's Dolly Sods Wilderness this October.